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The Certificate II in Animal Studies is the introductory level course for those who are interested in the animal care industry and/or pursuing a career as a Zoo keeper.

Keeper and seal

Students will develop the knowledge and skills in the primary duties of a keeper in the animal care industry, through a combination of weekly theory lessons and activities held within the zoo.

Course Structure

Course Dates

Applications open

Applications close

Monday Day Class- one day a week (10am-2pm) 

Or

Evening Class- one night a week

(Wednesday or Thursday 4-8pm)

 

Starting 25 June 2018 – 13 Dec 2018

 

5pm 1st March 2018 

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED!

 

 

9am Monday 16th April 2018

 APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED!

 

 

Day Class- One day a week (Day & Time TBA)

Or

Evening Class- one night a week

(Wednesday or Thursday 4-8pm)

January 2019 – July 2019

9am 1st September 2018

9am 2nd October 2018

Course Information
  • Duration: This course runs for 6 months. There are two intakes each year with the course running from January to July and June to December annually.
  • Course Structure: This course includes a combination of weekly in-class study with opportunities to head into zoo grounds.
  • Classroom Sessions: Classroom sessions will be conducted once a week either on a Monday during the day from 10.00am- 2.00pm or from 4.00pm to 8.00pm on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to nominate their preferred day of attendance - once allocated, students are expected to attend all classes including 2 day time sessions on the specified day.
  • Study Load: The Certificate II in Animal Studies course encompasses 12 units of competency. In addition to class requirements, you will be required to conduct independent study in your own time.
  • Course Location: Classroom sessions are conducted at Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Road, Mosman.        
Course Entry Requirements
  • Students must be a minimum of 16 years of age on commencement of the course.
  • Students must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen.
  • Students are expected to attend all classroom lessons.
  • Students should have a reasonable level of health and fitness in order to fully participate in the course.
  • Students should demonstrate good English skills, both written and verbal, and basic numeracy skills.
Core units

ACMWHS201 Participate in WHS processes

ACMGAS201 Work in the animal care industry

ACMGAS202 Participate in Workplace Communications

ACMGAS203 Complete animal care hygiene routines

ACMGAS204 Feed and water animals

ACMGAS205 Assist in the health care of animals

ACMGAS206 Provide basic first aid for animals

ACMSUS201 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Elective units

ACMGAS210 Prepare for and conduct a tour or presentation

ACMGAS305 Rescue animals and apply basic first aid

ACMGAS207 Provide Reception Services for an Animal Care Facility

ACMGAS209 Provide information on companion animals, products and services

Note: All 12 units (core and elective) must be completed to gain the Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Course Dates

Please find course dates for the mid-year intake for 2018 only.

Type Monday Wednesday Thursday
Orientation- Onsite Day

27th June 2018

10am-4pm

27th June 2018

10am-4pm

27th June 2018

10am-4pm

Class

2nd July 2018

10am-2pm

4th July 2018

4-8pm

5th July 2018

4-8pm

Class

9th July 2018

10am-2pm 

11th July 2018

4-8pm

12th July 2018

4-8pm

Class

16th July 2018

10am-2pm 

18th July 2018

4-8pm

19th July 2018

4-8pm

Class

23rd July 2018

10am-2pm

25th July 2018

4-8pm

26th July 2018

4-8pm

Class

30th July 2018

10am-2pm

1st August 2018

4-8pm

2nd August 2018

4-8pm

Class

6th August 2018

10am-2pm

8th August 2018

4-8pm

9th August 2018

4-8pm

Class

13th August 2018

10am-2pm

15th August 2018

4-8pm

16th August 2018

4-8pm

Class

20th August 2018

10am-2pm

22nd August 2018

4-8pm

23rd August 2018

4-8pm

Class

27th August 2018

10am-2pm

29th August 2018

4-8pm

30th August 2018

4-8pm

Class

3rd of September 2018

10am-2pm

5th September 2018

4-8pm

6th September 2018

4-8pm

Class

10th September 2018

10am-2pm

12th September 2018

4-8pm

13th September 2018

4-8pm

Class

17th September 2018

10am-2pm 

19th September 2018

4-8pm

20th September 2018

4-8pm

Class

24th September 2018

10am-2pm 

26th September 2018

4-8pm

27th September 2018

4-8pm

Class

2nd of October 2018*

(Tuesday due to Public Holiday Monday)

10am-2pm

3rd October 2018

4-8pm

4th October 2018

4-8pm

Class

8th October 2018

10am-2pm

10th October 2018

4-8pm

11th October 2018

4-8pm

Class

15th October 2018

10am-2pm

17th October 2018

4-8pm

18th October 2018

4-8pm

Class

22nd October 2018

10am-2pm 

24th October 2018

4-8pm

25th October 2018

4-8pm

Class

29th October 2018

10am-2pm

31st October 2018

4-8pm

1st November 2018

4-8pm

Class

5th November 2018

10am-2pm 

7th November 2018

4-8pm

8th November 2018

4-8pm

Class

12th November 2018

10am-2pm

14th November 2018

4-8pm

15th November 2018

4-8pm

Class

19th November 2018

10am-2pm 

21st November 2018

4-8pm

22nd November 2018

4-8pm

Class

26th November 2018

10am- 2pm 

28th November 2018

4-8pm

29th November 2018

4-8pm

Presentations Day- Onsite Day

3rd December 2018

10am-3pm 

5th Decemeber 2018

10am-3pm

6th December 2018

10am-3pm

Class

10th December 2018

10am-2pm

12th December 2018

4-8pm

13th December 2018

4-8pm

 

Course dates for 2019 will be released in June 2018.

Orientation: An all-day orientation will be held on Wednesday 27 June 2018 for all classes on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Class Days: Class for all students begins the week after Orientation on their assigned day of Monday 2nd of July, Wednesday 4th July or Thursday 5th July 2018. Class is held weekly until the end of the course on either Monday 10th, Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th December 2018. The only exception is days time classes; dates and times are listed below. 

Orientation: Compulsory orientation for all class days is held on Wednesday 27th June 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm

Presentations Day: Monday 3rd, Wednesday 5th or Thursday 6th December 2018 from 10.00am-3.00pm

Pathways

Successful completion of ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies prepares you for jobs such as a dog clipper/groomer, kennel hand, pet shop attendant, animal attendant. In addition, further study options are available, including:

  • Certificate III in Captive Animals (Zoo keeping);
  • Certificate III in Animal Technology (Vet Nursing); and
  • Certificate III in Companion Animals (boarding, grooming, rescue & retail)

Please note TTI only offers the Certificate III Captive Animals. The other qualifications can be completed at other RTO’s: www.training.gov.au

Cost

Course cost includes all course materials and compulsory uniform items.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government (Smart and Skilled^). Smart and Skilled funding MAY be available for eligible students - Click here to check your eligibility*

  • First Qualification* - $1,120.00
  • Second Qualification* - $1,340.00
  • Concession* - $160.00
  • Full Course Value (Without Smart & Skilled Subsidy) - $3,740.00

^Smart and Skilled pricing as from February 2018. Please note these figures may differ for incoming/future intakes

*The Taronga Training Institute may have a limited number of Smart and Skilled funded positions available for this intake of the Certificate II in Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute.

Application Process

All applicants must:

  • Read the Course Information above and ensure you can meet the requirements of the course before lodging an application.
  • Read the Taronga Training Institute Student Handbook prior to completing an application
  • Complete ALL questions in the online application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and cannot progress any further.
  • Read the terms and conditions below before applying - proceed to apply only if you agree and can comply with the conditions.

During the online application process you will be required to upload the following documents/provide the following information:

  • If you have completed any of the Units of Competency that make up the Certificate II in Animal Studies, as offered by Taronga Training Institute, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer. Applicants are requested to provide electronic copies of Student Transcripts or Records of Results as evidence that Units have previously been completed. Electronic copies of this information should be gathered prior to commencing your online application as you are requested to submit the documentation during the application process.
  • Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) - This can be obtained during the enrolment process if you do not currently have a USI.

How to Apply: Applications for the Certificate II in Animal Studies are to be lodged online only.

  • To apply for ACM20117 Certificate II in Animal Studies applicants will need to complete the online application during the application opening period.
  • Please Note: On submission of your application you should receive a confirmation email to the email address you provided within your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email from Taronga Training Institute within 24 hours, please contact us at tti@zoo.nsw.gov.au

If your application is successful, you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Certified copy of your birth certificate or passport as proof of Australian Citizenship or permanent residency
  • Certified copy of your photo I.D.
FAQs

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